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Charlie in Alaska: The Beginning of a Cancer-Free Life

  • Charlie gets a behind the scenes tour of the cockpit.

  • Charlie's adventure takes him on a glacial cruise.

  • Fishing was just one of the many highlights of Charlie's trip.

  • Charlie's wish of flying in a seaplane comes true.

  • Charlie meets dogs in Alaska.

  • Charlie's wish to go to Alaska was a trip the entire family will remember for years to come!

“ Our trip provided a lifetime of memories. ”

- Felicia, Charlie's mom

Wishes in Flight

Make-A-Wish® recipient Charlie, was diagnosed with Leukemia before his third birthday. Over the years of chemotherapy treatment, his family tried as much as they could to take him away from the hospitals and spend time outdoors as a respite from his medical life.

Throughout his battle, Charlie dreamed of the outdoors. He began studying Alaska and the fishing, hiking and adventures he wished he could experience.

Charlie’s day dreaming soon turned into a wish-come-true when he went to Alaska. The wish turned out to be everything he had dreamed of and more. “Charlie loved seeing a black bear in the wild,” said Felicia, his mom. His other favorite trip highlights were fishing, Alaskan food and flying in the sea plane.

According to Felicia, the wish has served as a wonderful end point to a five-year battle with cancer. “It gave Charlie a positive experience related to his cancer that he will remember for a lifetime,” she said.

Of course, visiting the Last Frontier gave Charlie’s family an appreciation for Alaskan life. “Our trip... provided a lifetime of memories in a way that only a special place like Alaska could,” she said. “We will never forget meeting so many wonderful people that made Charlie and our family feel special.”

Their journey with Make-A-Wish will not end with Charlie’s Alaska wish. In fact, it’s only just begun. “Seeing what Make-A-Wish can do for family will certainly inspire us to find ways to support future wishes,” said Felicia.

Special Thanks: Wish-granting volunteer Darlene Allen, Make-A-Wish® Alaska & Washington, Kenai Fjords Glacier Cruise, IdidaRide Sled Dog Tour, Kenai River Trout Anglers, Alyeska Resort, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Each year, 10,000 kids like Charlie travel with their families for a Make-A-Wish experience. They need your air miles. Donate your miles in April and help grant life-changing wishes this summer.

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